Texas cop killed en route to fire scene

A tractor trailer driving the opposite way crossed lanes and hit the patrol car

Duty Death: Michael Smith - [Rankin, Texas]


By PoliceOne Staff

RANKIN, Texas — An Upton County Sheriff's Deputy was killed in a crash Friday while traveling to assist firefighters at the scene of a fire.

A tractor trailer driving the opposite way crossed lanes just before 7:00 a.m. and hit the patrol car of Deputy Michael Smith, killing him, according to The Officer Down Memorial Page.

Smith, 44, was a 2 1/2 year police veteran.

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